Zaha Hadid Designed the Issam Fares Institute as a Cantilevered Structure

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Jun 12, 2014
References: zaha-hadid & dezeen
World famous architect Zaha Hadid designed The Issam Fares Institute for the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. The building, which provides a forum for debating public policy and international affairs as they pertain to the Arab world, features a cantilevered design over a public courtyard.

Hadid lifted half of the building off the ground, creating a public plaza at its entrance. She explains, "The building emerges from the geometries of intersecting routes as a series of interlocking platforms and spaces for research, engagement and discourse."

The concrete structure features walls depressed with curvaceous, multi-dimensional shapes, which have a double-function as windows. Inside, the lower level of the building accommodates a concave auditorium that seats 100. Meanwhile, the rest of the building contains workshops and research areas separated by glass partitions to retain visibility.